I’m honored to have the opportunity to run with Spaulding Race for Rehab Team for the 2018 Boston Marathon on April 16, 2018 – my first Boston Marathon and my first marathon.
Personally, I will be running this marathon in honor of my grandfather, Kezhong Bai, who passed away from intracerebral hemorrhage stroke in 2005, and to support others affected by stroke and their caregivers.
I have idolized my grandpa for as long as I can remember. Grew up in the 1930s, my grandpa thrived to become one of the first generation of senior engineers in China. He is the one taught me how to ride a bike, took me to my first day of elementary school, and taught me how to make a treasure box from scratch. It was his goofy personality, ability to always make me laugh, extreme patience (especially when it came to board games :D ), genuine heart that made him my favorite person to be around.
In his early 60s, he had his first stroke, which he suffered years afterwards, including partial paralysis, speech problems and even some memory loss. The journey to recovery wasn’t easy. Luckily, my grandpa never gave it up. With proper rehab exercise, my grandpa took each little step to gain his strength and balance back. He was able to make great progress that I am extremely proud of. As a close family and caregiver to someone who had stroke and consistently fought back, I realized how challenging the journey may be for the entire family. Therefore, I am humbled to join, contribute, educate and learn through the experience with the Spaulding Race for Rehab team.
We keep loved ones with us through the gifts and lessons they have passed down. I cannot think of a better way to carry him with me than through fighting (in this case through 26.2 miles!) to have a positive influence in the lives of others. Please join me in donating however much you are able to reach my goal of $6,000, and hopefully more – every donation helps. Together we can make an impact!
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital wrote:
Since 2005, more than 400 athletes have made the historic journey from Hopkinton to Boston as members of Spaulding’s Race for Rehab Team. Running for those who can’t, these dedicated individuals have raised over $4.2 million in honor of Spaulding’s patients and caregivers. These funds support clinical care, promote medical education, and advance our many research initiatives to make a difference in the lives of our patients.
Every dollar raised by the Race for Rehab team will support Spaulding’s mission to improve the quality of life for persons recovering from or learning to live fully with illness, injury or disability. Your support and investment in our hospital will help our team reach the finish line and our patients find their strength.